Family Travel

Family Travel
Family Travel

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Home Interiors
Home Interiors

Home Decor: New Homesense Store Opening In Bedford!

I always remember as a young girl how much pride I took in my bedroom - I always kept it tidy and I liked to arrange my things in to 'places' and display the things that meant something to me. I was never materialistic over what I had, I just liked to keep my room looking nice because it made me feel good. And it always makes me smile when I think back to the days when my Mum would come into my room and hoover it or put something away, she'd arrange my things slightly differently to how I would and when she did I always ended up preferring the way she did it rather than how I had. It's a funny little memory to have isn't it? And it's funny that out of my Mum's four children, I was her only tidy child - my sister and my brothers could barely see their bedroom floors! ;)  

I've stayed pretty much the same way now that I own my own house. I still like to have things in little places and I like displaying things that mean something to me - be it because it's sentimental or because whatever it is reminds me of something/someone in my life. I still like to keep things clean, but I've learnt to relax a little since becoming a Mum. We keep on top of things, but as my Husband and I work from home and we have to very young children, we accept that there will always be 'family mess' and that family mess is good, it shows that the house is lived in and happy memories are created in it. 

I will always be in to my home decor and I'll always enjoy finding new things for our home - updating older things or finding new spots to put new things in. Last year we converted our loft in to a bedroom and en suite and we changed the decor in our existing bedrooms at the same time. I love that I feel like we have put our own touch on our home upstairs and I can't wait to be able to do the kitchen and the garden now too. 

A Fun Family Day Trip To Brighton With Thameslink

One of our great loves to do together as a family is to travel and to chase adventure, we've become a family who is happiest when we are out and about exploring new and exciting places that we haven't visited before. It's funny actually, because I used to be such a homely sort of person and whilst I definitely still love being at home - all snug in my comfy clothes, I have discovered how important and how magical it is to get out and have fun and exciting adventures as a family.

Last week I was contacted by Thameslink trains, who asked if we would be interested in a last minute travel adventure visiting Brighton for the day via train in collaboration with their Step Into Spring campaign, and we absolutely jumped at the chance! I hadn't been to Brighton in years and nor had Adam, but we both remembered how fun and full of energy it was and of course, right on the beach too! And so we we so excited to be taking the boys to show them!

There's far more of us, than there ever will be of them.

Where do I start? How do I word this?

I almost feel like this isn't mine to write about and that this perhaps isn't the place, but there's a feeling in my chest and there are words just jumbled about in my head. I can't quite be sure if it's a feeling of sadness or of anger or of confusion, or of a mixture of all three.

My head hurts and my heart feels heavy and sad. I've spent so long today scrolling through social media, reading about the atrocities that have occurred in Manchester. Seeing picture after picture of scared and frightened people in a place where there should only have been happiness and excitement and a feeling of safety. I've seen photographs of smiling children who have since had their lives, which they'd hardly begun, stolen and ripped away from them and I can't now get their faces out of my mind.

I've tried to go about my day as normal today, all whilst hugging my family a little tighter, but I keep on being brought back to this feeling of sadness. I've just come up my room to get in to bed for the night and before I did I went and checked my boys before I came up here - I smiled looking down at their sleeping faces. I made sure that they were tucked in and that they weren't too hot or too cold. I felt sad for the parents who weren't able to do that tonight and with tears in my eyes, I almost whispered "I'm sorry" to my eldest little boy. I'm sad that though his Dad and I do our best each day to teach both of our children how to be good human beings and about how important it is to be kind, there are 'people' in this world who incite hate and terror and I can't explain why. And when he's old enough to ask me about it, I wont know where to begin to even start to explain such evil.

Travel Bucket List: Five Things I'd Love To Do

I say this a lot, but ever since becoming a Mum, I've been well and truly bitten by the travel bug. There's just something about getting outdoors and seeing more of our world that excites me. I love being able to explore new places and I love going on adventures with my family.

I find it so exciting to be able to fill up my calendar with travel plans - be them big or small and I love dreaming of where we might go and what we might do as a family one day in the future together. Below are just five of the things that I currently have on my travel bucket list.

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Tales Of A Crazy-Cat-Lady In Collaboration With BISSELL

There's no denying that we're a nation of animal lovers with around 16.5 millions dogs and cats being kept as pets in the UK! And it comes as no surprise then that less than half of our furry friends actually sleep in their own beds, with us women being the most likely to invite our dogs or our cats to snuggle up with us in bed - I know I do! 

A Tudor Obsession and Anniversary Plans!

I don't know why exactly, but I'm really in to royal history lately, particularly the Tudor age. I have been watching and absolutely loving The Tudors on Netflix and have got so in to it that Adam and I have actually booked a one nights stay at Hever Castle (the childhood home of Anne Boleyn) for our anniversary in August. 

It's slightly expensive, but it will be a real experience getting to stay overnight in a castle together. Plus, it's definitely allowed since it'll be our five year anniversary and a small, but still significant milestone. I was reading up about what sorts of gifts are 'traditonally' given per wedding milestone earlier and I've learnt that our one, at five years, is traditionally wood. And then when it comes to 10th wedding anniversary gifts, it's tin or aluminium and then by 15 years of marriage you start going up to crystal and beyond. So for our fifth anniversary, I'm planning on finding a nice little wood close by to Hever Castle to snap a picture of us in, just to stick with tradition without incurring any further cost! ;) 

Vegetarian What I Eat In A Day With Tesco Better Choices

I have to admit, that even as a vegetarian, my diet isn't usually the healthiest. Like everyone else does, I enjoy food. And good food to me usually consists of carbs and generally too much sugar and salt. 

It's always in the back of my mind to eat healthier and I'm always telling myself off about not eating enough fruit or vegetables, or eating too many bad things. It's down to me I know it is. I can blame it on the fact that I'm usually busy with the boys or busy with work. But it's not an excuse, I should take better care of my diet.. and my fitness too, which honestly, is just awful at the minute. 

The thing is, is that given the choice I've always been one to reach for the unhealthiest option, whether that be a biscuit or a banana or the lower fat product or the full fat. It's become habit. 
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